Kristin Klopfenstein, Ph.D., is the founding executive director of UNC's Education Innovation Institute. The institute’s mission has three components: strengthening bonds between research, practice, and policy through applied causal education research; building capacity for rigorous education research through instructional programs and support for appropriate data access and security policies; and promoting the adoption of education policy based on causal evidence. Prior to joining EII, Klopfenstein was the interim director of Texas Schools Project at The University of Texas at Dallas. There she conducted and managed education policy research and evaluation using administrative, individual-level longitudinal education data. Additionally, Klopfenstein spent 10 years in the classroom as an associate professor at Texas Christian University where she taught courses on the economics of education, labor economics and econometrics (the application of statistics to economic problems, such as education).
Co-author of "AP: A Critical Examination of the Advanced Placement Program," a book published by Harvard Education Press that provides a comprehensive review of the Advanced Placement program.
Klopfenstein’s research interests focus on examining factors that influence low-income, rural, black and Hispanic students’ preparation for college and the workforce.
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